Green Hill Reservoir is literally the first place in Brisbane I've come across, excluding dog parks, that allow dogs to walk off leash. I'm sure there are more (at least I hope so), but for now, Green Hill Reservoir is going to be my new regular haunt. Only 11km from the city at the foot of famous Mt Coot-tha, Green Hill Reservoir provides equally amazing views of Brisbane city skyline. Best of all, it stays relatively quiet even on the weekends, meaning that you get to escape the crowds!
The amazing view is made better by the jacarandas.
Although Google lists the address as 203 Russell Terrace in Chapel Hill, the entrance to the carpark is actually via Dellamara Street, a small "no through road" street right next to a roundabout on Russell Terrace. Upon entry, you will be blessed with the best street art you have ever laid you eyes on - many, many, many different types of dogs. Including a pug!
I knew I liked Green Hill Reservoir just from my experience of the carpark.
Note: I did not realise the area, from boom gate to boom gate, allow dogs off leash - I just couldn't fathom this previously unheard of (at least to me) idea. Hence, you will notice in the following photos that Eddy is sometimes wearing a harness, and other times, not. We of course had to do the walk again when another patron explained the system to us, this time off leash!
The off leash area of the reservoir starts at the first pair of boom gates that you see, directly in front of the car park. The off leash area ends at the next set of boom gates you see, after walking past 3 sides of the concrete reservoir. Built in 1968, the 77ML concrete reservoir you see here, is one of the largest potable water reservoir in Brisbane - how impressive!
After you walk past the first side of the reservoir, you will come to a viewing platform which will grant you amazing views of Brisbane's skyline. It's also a great place for a water break for the dogs, as well as a chance for you to stock up on doggy poop bags while you've got the chance!
The walk was nice and relaxing, and the other patrons we encountered, both dogs and humans alike, were very friendly - I really couldn't have asked for more from a simple stroll. The walk itself was easy and very manageable - it took about 30 minutes for us to go from the first boom gate to the second, at a very relaxed pace (i.e. because we had to allow Eddy time to sniff out the place and explore his surroundings). Keep an eye out for the beauty that nature has bestowed upon this area - the lush trees flanking each side of the pavement, the flora in the area, and for Eddy... the tree branches.
As a final note, I just wanted to reiterate how awesome this place is - it's got large dog murals with many breeds of dogs (including pugs), it grants amazing views of the city, and of course, it allows dogs to walk off leash beside their owners! Eddy and I can't wait to be back.
Please remember the importance of good 'petiquette', especially when it comes to off-leash areas.